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St. Paul


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Small by Design

With just 450 students, OWL is small by design. Each student is known and respected as an individual and encouraged to be their true self while developing their skills and passions as learners.


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Big Opportunties

While small in size, OWL offers big opportunities to students, allowing them to explore new areas of interest: Theater, Robotics, Choir, Archery, Ultimate Frisbee, dozens of clubs and activities and all MSHSL sports.


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Strong Culture

OWL focuses on social and emotional learning, working to foster a community culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.

Strong Academics

OWL offers a rigorous and engaging curriculum and active, inquiry-based teaching that prepares students for college and beyond.

An Exemplary Staff

It is the dedicated and talented teachers that make the OWL program so special. Students work with each teacher multiple times during their years at OWL, building strong, meaningful relationships.

An Innovative Education

OWL is a member of the highly-respected EL Education network of schools. In 2017, OWL became a Credentialed EL School, demonstrating its high level of implementation of the EL Model. In 2023, OWL was named an EL Mentor School, taking on the role of helping other schools in the network.

Making an Impact

Our students participate in a solidarity, not charity, based service program that teaches empathy and civic engagement. 300 hours are required for graduation.

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Meaningful Work

Our students create high-quality products for authentic audiences. They learn that their work has meaning in the world, inspiring them to engage more and work harder.

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Get to Know Yourself

Students set goals and spend time reflecting on their progress. This lead students to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

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Explore Your World

We take the "WORLD" in our name very seriously. Through field work, fall retreats and spring interim classes, students have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

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Get Connected

At OWL, Every student is a member of a Crew where we work to build an inclusive and cohesive group and set a positive and fun tone for student achievement. Social and Emotional Learning is at the heart of our school.

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Graduate to a Great Future!

OWL has the highest graduation rate (95%) in the Twin Cities, and 100% of our graduates are admitted into college!

Welcome to OWL

Open World Learning

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Open World Learning Community (OWL) is a small-by-design school that’s part of the national network of EL Education Schools (formerly Expeditionary Learning).

Crew is a key component of the OWL school community. Every student is a member of a Crew – a type of advisory group that meets daily in groups of 15-18 students. During Crew time, we work to build an inclusive and cohesive group and set a positive and fun tone for student achievement through community-building activities.

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OWL is a member of the national network of EL Education Schools, which promote rigorous and engaging curriculum; active, inquiry-based pedagogy; and a school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.

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Each year, OWL celebrates its seniors with a lively community meeting and march to the mailbox to submit their college applications. This event is key in creating a post-secondary culture. For the past 14 years, 100% of OWL Graduates have been accepted to college.

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